They, therefore, as to right belonged
So were created, nor can justly accuse
Their Maker, or their making, or their fate,
As if Predestination overruled
Their will, disposed by absolute decree
Or high foreknowledge.
They themselves decreed
Their own revolt, not I.
I agree - I too champion free will.
The only case I make against HIS being omniscient in the pagan Greek manner is that IF HE knew before their creation who would end in hell BUT CREATED THEM ANYWAY, HE cannot be the GOD who is LOVE, ie, he can't be YHWH.
If I foreknew,
Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault,
Which had no less proved certain unforeknown.
I formed them free, and free they must remain
Till they enthrall themselves: I else must change
Their nature, and revoke the high decree
Unchangeable, eternal, which ordained
I agree. Our free will decision must be sacrosanct or it is no free will at all.
they themselves ordained their fall.
The first sort by their own suggestion fell,
Self-tempted, self-depraved; Man falls, deceived
By the other first: Man, therefore, shall find grace;
The other, none.
Yes every sinner chose that which made us sinners but by a free will, not by deception. All were self tempted and all sinners fell by choice: James 1:14 But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed. 15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.
The interpretation of the story that Satan was allowed to deceive Eve is a great smear on the church's understanding of the GOD who is LOVE! IF she was innocent and there is no indication that GOD warned her not to engage with him (which is against HIS law anyway) nor set up any guardian fences to keep her safe from Satan as HE did around the garden after she chose to eat, then how can it be said that HE loved HER? How can it be said HE respected her innocence and thought it worthy of preservation? The thousands of books trying to answer these question are all sophistry, full of theo-babble because these questions expose the lie of this interpretation but our parents theology must not be denied.
GOD did not need evil for any reason and HE did not need HIS Bride (the sinful elect ) sinful, corrupt and disgusting for any reason. This interpretation flies in the face of HIS loving and righteous holiness with talons extended!
In mercy and justice both,
Through Heaven and Earth, so shall my glory excel;
But mercy, first and last, shall brightest shine."
-Book III from Paradise Lost by John Milton
Again I agree.
PCE Theology as I see it...
We had an existence with a free will in Sheol before the creation of the physical universe. Here we chose to be able to become holy or to be eternally evil in YHWH's sight. Then the physical universe was created and all sinners were sent to earth.
This theology debunks the need to base Christianity upon the blasphemy of creating us in Adam's sin.